Veterans to Farmers, a farming nonprofit, is helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life, connect with fellow vets and recover from PTSD, by training them to work in agriculture.
DENVER – For former servicemembers who take the hydroponics course at Veterans to Farmers, it’s natural to think about the marijuana crop that generated more than $247 million in revenue for the state of Colorado, where the sale and use of pot is legal.
Rich Murphy, who directs the program, learned about cannabis after working part-time at a Denver head shop in 2003. The store’s owner wanted someone who wouldn’t be uncomfortable during law enforcement checks, and the five-year Air Force veteran fit the bill.
He began to grow marijuana on his own, and along the way met others who did the same—and were advocating for its legalization. Colorado voters legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012, and had already voted for its medical use in 2000.
Eight states and the District of Columbia now have legalized recreational